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The Fugitive Poets

Walter Clyde Curry, Donald Davidson, William Yandell Elliott, Sidney Hirsch, Andrew Lytle, Merrill Moore, John Crowe Ransom, Alan Tate, and Robert Penn Warren. In the spring of 1922, a literary movement began at Vanderbilt University centering on the little magazine … Continue reading

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The Tage la Cour Collection of Popular Fiction

In 1979, Special Collection acquired the Tage la Cour library of popular fiction. This library is made up of detective novels, western novels, science fiction, and other works that are often classified as ‘entertainments.’ The authors represented range from P. … Continue reading

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The Joyce Bell Witt Collection of California Fine Printing

The cornerstone of this collection is an extensive holding of the publications from the Book Club of California, from its beginning in 1913 to 1986, with a few as late as 1993. There are nearly 400 books that reflect not … Continue reading

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Manuscripts and Correspondence

Literary correspondence often illuminates the world surrounding the writer and reveals how that world impinges upon the writer’s work. Such significance is clearly evident in the letters that came with the Cyril Connolly library, which includes correspondence with Logan Pearsall … Continue reading

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Offsite Storage for McFarlin

In the past decades, the stacks of McFarlin Library have become full of materials, and as is common in the academic library world, the University has acquired an offsite storage area. As mentioned in a previous blog entry, The Department … Continue reading

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A History of a Riot: Tulsa, 1921-2011

Race riots have occurred in numerous cities across the United States including Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, and Washington D. C. Unfortunately, Tulsa also suffered from the blight of racism. In 1921, racial tensions in Tulsa … Continue reading

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A TU History Mystery: Lost Manuscript Found!

In 1997, while working in TU’s Special Collections, Oxford scholar Kathryn Laing made a remarkable discovery—a previously unknown manuscript for the first novel by writer Rebecca West. The Sentinel: An Incomplete Early Novel by Rebecca West was published by the … Continue reading

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Timeline of TU Special Collections

1928: First major collection purchased. 1930: Alice Mary Robertson, mission schoolteacher, Muskogee postmistress and the second woman elected to Congress, gives personal and family papers. 1940s: Tulsa Bibliographies, a group of book collectors, developed personal collections that established TU’s holdings … Continue reading

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The Harriet Shaw Weaver Joyce Collection

In 1977, The University of Tulsa acquired the Harriet Shaw Weaver Joyce collection from the National Book League in England. Through her editorial connections with the magazine The Egoist, Weaver was associated with such figures as Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, … Continue reading

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The ‘Pataphysical and Surrealist Collection

In 1974 The University of Tulsa acquired the ‘Pataphysical and Surrealist collection of Simon Watson Taylor. An editor, anthologist, translator, and authority on the avant-garde in modern French literature, Taylor was a distinguished member of the College de ‘Pataphysique founded … Continue reading

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